My midwife posted a link to an article listing five hospital procedures that ruin your birth. Based on the feedback i’ve been receiving after telling friends and acquaintances of my decision to have a home birth, i’ve realized that there’s a lot of ignorance out there as to what is actually necessary, what’s helpful, and what’s simply hurtful when it comes to having babies.
I’ve been doing a lot of research – mostly because i’m a nerd, a cynic, and truly love to read – so i’ve been looking into all aspects of the pre-natal, birth, and early child raising literature to compare the opinions and theories and come up with my own. More on that journey to come!
In the meantime, I think this article touches on just a few reasons why i’m definitely not having a baby in a hospital. Now, I know that not all hospital experiences are equal, and there are certainly some doctors more committed to allowing women to have choice and a more natural experience, but from what i’ve heard that’s not the norm. In any case, having the knowledge yourself rather than simply trusting that your doctor knows what’s best is incredibly important.
If you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, educate yourself! Start by reading the article linked to below: